Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh felicitated women's national team footballer Bala Devi as an Inspector of Manipur police on 20th January, Friday. Fellow player and Manipuri Panthoi Chanu, a goalkeeper by trade, was also felicitated by Singh.
Devi was appointed as a constable with the Manipur police back in 2010. The 32-year-old forward is the recipient of AIFF 'Women's Player of the Year' award three times (2014, 2015, 2020-21). Moreover, she also has scored the highest number of goals for the country as a part of the women's national team, having 52 goals.
Chanu is a promising goalkeeper, who'd also won the 'Best goalkeeper' award in the Indian Women's League (IWL) 2017-18 season with Easter Sporting Union.
Both Devi and Chanu have been included in head coach Thomas Dennerby's 30-member squad for a national team camp in Chennai. India's tigresses are slated to participate in the Asian qualifiers round 1 of the Paris 2024 Olympics.